2023 HBCU Scholar Recognition Program Application Now Available!

Courtesy of knight lab

By: U.S. Department of Education

The White House Initiative on Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Development through Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Initiative) is excited to announce our HBCU Scholar Recognition Program, a student recognition program designed to honor current HBCU students for their excellence, i.e., successfully preparing to compete for top opportunities that improve standards of living in their communities.

We are looking for the best and brightest HBCU student leaders to participate in this prestigious program! This highly competitive recognition program is open to current HBCU students of all majors and classifications. Students accepted into the program will work with the Initiative for one academic school year and be immersed in an intensive experience working closely with one another and Initiative partners from a wide range of disciplines.


  1. ONLY complete applications will be reviewed. Complete application consists of all fields of the application filled and supporting documents to include: a photo, resume, personal interest statement, letter of recommendation, and an unofficial transcript.  
  2. Application MUST be signed/endorsed by the student applicant, their HBCU President/Chancellor or designated HBCU Faculty. 
  3. View 2023 Application: 2023 HBCU Scholar Recognition Application

Applications must be emailed to: HBCUscholars@ed.gov no later than COB March 31, 2023! LEARN MORE HERE: White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity through Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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